Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha, the Ebonyi Commissioner for Border, Peace and Conflict Resolution, has said that the Ebubeagu security outfit was not involved in destroying people’s property in the state.
Okoro-Emegha made the remark in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while reacting to allegations that the outfit was involved in demolishing property belonging to citizens of the state, especially traders.
“The ministry of Capital City Development has its own task force as Ebubeagu can never be associated with such act,” he said.
NAN reports that several petitioners testified against the state Commissioner for Capital City Development, Mr Onyekachi Nwebonyi, during a public hearing organised by the state House of Assembly concerning reports of such destruction.
Some residents had also alleged that the local security outfit was involved in the demolition exercise and needed explanations on such activities.
“Mrs Lilian Nwachukwu, Chairman of the House committee investigating reports of such demolitions, confirmed that Nwebonyi had repeatedly shunned the committee’s summon.
“You can see that we have concluded the session and Nwebonyi was absent.
“We, however, listened to all the petitioners and assured them that all claims would be thoroughly investigated and appropriate recommendations made.
“We also urged them to submit relevant documents to substantiate their claims,” she said.
Mr Chris Elom, a house owner in Abakaliki, claimed that Nwebonyi led thugs to demolish his house in spite of obtaining relevant documents from the Abakaliki Capital Development Board.
Mrs Chimma Chika also claimed that Nwebonyi personally supervised the destruction of her stall in spite of siting it in government approved location.
Efforts made by NAN to get Nwebonyi’s reaction proved abortive as he failed to respond to several calls and text messages sent to him. (NAN)